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Plea over “senseless” vandalism in Wisbech

Fenland council has agreed to mend the fountain in Wisbech for the final time. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Fenland council has agreed to mend the fountain in Wisbech for the final time. Picture; Matthew Usher.

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A council has agreed to repair a fountain attacked by vandals - for the final time.

Fenland District Council is replacing the water feature in St Peter’s Church Gardens, in Wisbech, after it was destroyed for the second time in less than a year.

Its portfolio holder for the environment, Peter Murphy, said: “The fountain is there for everyone to enjoy and we had hoped when it was replaced last year that it would be respected and looked after for years to come.

“Sadly it has been wrecked by vandals once again, to the outrage and frustration of many in the community. It will cost around £3,000 to replace the fountain and repair the pond and take around eight weeks for the work to be completed, but this will be the last time the Council can repair it.

“We don’t want to be defeated by these senseless criminals but we can’t afford to keep spending taxpayers’ money repairing the damage they cause.”

The latest attack happened on the evening of Monday, January 29, when it is believed the fountain was targeted by a group of vandals. The fountain was pushed over, causing it to smash into pieces and damage the pool lining. CCTV footage has been reviewed, but it was not focused on the location at the time the incident took place.

The fountain had been in action since July last year, when the council replaced the one destroyed by vandals in May and renovated the pond at the same time.

A replica of the original 1963 fountain was installed, a new pump and filtration system were fitted and the pond repainted. The pond fish were temporarily rehomed during the work.

Anyone who with information about the vandalism should call Cambridgeshire police on 101, quoting the crime reference number CF0057050118.

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